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ICC Will Work with China to Win the Battle against Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, Said ICC Secretary General in an Open Letter

02/07/2020 13:52

ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO has responded to the outbreak of a new coronavirus which has infected thousands and led to the deaths of more than 200 people.

In a message to the ICC global network, Mr Denton said:

“Businesses worldwide are now taking actions to  support the government and people of China in their response efforts. We  too must demonstrate our support as the global institutional  representative of many businesses in China and many more in newly  affected countries.”

Mr Denton underscored that  contributing to a coordinated effort to protect lives, livelihoods and  the global economy is in line with the ICC purpose to enable business to  secure peace, prosperity and opportunity for all.

Issued on the same day that the  World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global emergency, Mr  Denton said that ICC was also taking every precaution to protect its  worldwide staff from the potential health risks of the coronavirus. He  also extended a message of hope and support to members of ICC’s growing  network in China – including ICC representatives and colleagues in the country and Chinese members of the ICC Executive Board.

“We can already begin to appreciate the devastating  impact this potential pandemic will have on communities at a human level  as well as an economic level,” said Mr Denton. “ICC is working to identify effective ways to  support authorities on the ground by rallying our ICC global network to  do what they can to support those seeking to mitigate the effects of the  virus.”

Speaking on the potential impact  of the virus on the global economy in an interview with international  news television network France 24, ICC Director of Global Policy  Nikolaus Schultze said that the epidemic was already having a negative  impact, wiping out US$1.4trn from global markets, with early impact  particularly on the automotive, luxury and travel-related sectors.


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